Research & Development

RTI provides independent, objective scientifically rigorous research, development, and evaluation for the forensic science community and related sectors. Our work encompasses world-class experts and facilities in forensic toxicology, including unique capabilities in analytical methods, new testing matrices, and proficiency testing. Our programs have expanded to include pattern evidence, DNA, medicolegal death investigation, policy and overarching issues such as human factors and statistical interpretation. RTI’s program is grounded in the needs of forensic science organizations and the ways that research can impact practice.

Current Research & Development Efforts

Testing the Accuracy and Reliability of Palmar Friction Ridge Comparisons: A Black Box Study

National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Position Paper on Opioid-Related Deaths

Understanding Work-Related Stress among Medicolegal Death Investigators: A National Survey and Mixed-Methods Impact Study

RTI Presents at 2022 AAFS Conference

Every year the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) hosts a scientific conference. The 2022 conference will occur between February 21st – 25th and will be hosted in Seattle, Washington. Some of the presentations and posters will also be available online for virtual attendance. Click here for a list of the presentations and posters our RTI experts will be presenting this year!